Gulen network ‘behind’ killing of Russian ambassador: Turkish FM

US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. (Reuter File Photo)
Updated 20 December 2016
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Gulen network ‘behind’ killing of Russian ambassador: Turkish FM

ISTANBUL, Turkey: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday blamed the group of exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen for the assassination of Russia’s ambassador in Ankara, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.
In an interview with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Cavusoglu said “Turkey and Russia know that behind the attack... there is FETO,” it said, referring to Turkey’s acronym for Gulen’s organization.
Gulen — an exile accused of orchestrating an abortive coup in Turkey in July — had earlier condemned the assassination as a “terrorist act” that left him “shocked and deeply saddened.”

 


GCC nations commence enhanced security patrols across the region

Updated 19 May 2019
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GCC nations commence enhanced security patrols across the region

  • The patrols are aimed at increasing communication and coordination
  • GCC fleets working in tight coordination with each other and the US Navy

LONDON: Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations commenced enhanced security patrols across the region in international waters on May 18, according to a statement from the US Naval Forces Central Command (5th Fleet).

The patrols are aimed at increasing communication and coordination with the GCC nations in support of regional naval cooperation and maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf.

As agreed to last week in a meeting at US 5th Fleet headquarters in Manama, Bahrain, ships of the GCC - both navies and coast guards - are working in tight coordination with each other and the US Navy.